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Opening Arguments

A billion here, a billion there

Good lord, Congress has actually gone and cut pork-barrel spending:

It's been a lean winter on Capitol Hill. A moratorium on the insertion of pork-barrel projects into spending bills


Bob G.
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 6:34am

Maybe not...but you COULD fund FWCS for a DECADE!!!



tim zank
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 6:59am

I don't know Bob, 13 billion just doesn't go as far as it used to. My guess is FWCS could burn through that pretty quickly!

Steve Towsley
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 4:58pm

Leo wrote:
>...$13.2 billion in pork-barrel
>spending for the current fiscal
>year, down from $29 billion in

>Only $13.2 billion. Why, that's
>hardly worth mentioning, barely
>qualified to be called money,
>couldn't buy a thing with it.

A friend of mine once landed a very good job by saying in the interview that it would cost less to pay his annual salary than the company was bound to waste on one single mistake on each and every project.

A billion here, a billion there, could enable many of us to maximize our potential without costing anybody anything of significance. How many billions have been wasted because of misappropriation, insufficient line-item scrutiny, and plain criminality?

How many American entrepreneurs could have been enriched and capitalized by the millions we have wasted on ill-advised and squandered foreign investment?